Senior Center News: June 5

On Wednesday, June 11, the Department of Social Services and the Wilton Senior Center will honor its volunteers at a noon luncheon at Ogden House.

The senior center has come a long way since 1973 when it was in a basement room in Center School and designated the Adult Social Center. In the years following, Adele MacGregor and Dot Tracey initiated a program of weekly luncheons prepared and served by the Wilton Presbyterian, Zion’s Hill Methodist, Wilton Baptist, and Our Lady of Fatima churches. The woman’s club supported the early venture by arranging programming for lunch-goers. Cis Cohen was named the first official volunteer director. Dorothy Wright and Jody Heussner followed in her footsteps.

The group moved to Ogden House in 1983 where they paid rent to use the great room, library, kitchen, and craft room for activities and then to Comstock Community Center in 1992. Here one room was dedicated to the senior center. Several years later, the name changed from Wilton Adult Center to Wilton Senior Center. The first town-employed coordinator, Marie Key, was hired in 1990 for 14 hours. Usage of the senior center increased under the direction of successor coordinators Tessa Donnelly and Jan MacEwen. Lizabeth Doty became the first full-time coordinator in 2002.

There has been one constant in all the years of transition:  the volunteers. Volunteers contribute time and talent to both the social services and the senior center. Volunteers lead book discussions, prepare and serve lunches, set up for events, moderate the writing group, lead the play-reading sessions, teach computer classes, and work in the food pantry. At this annual luncheon, we congratulate and thank our faithful volunteers who continue to give of themselves in such a generous way.

Graceful aging

Would you like to:

  • Be more JOYFUL?
  • Have more ENERGY?
  • Feel more BALANCED both mentally and physically?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, join Denise O’Hearn in her next workshop, Graceful Aging. In this workshop, you will:

  • Release tension and  help realign the body through breath and movement;
  • Learn ways to weave simple and nourishing routines into  your busy day;
  • Learn easy and effective ways to pamper yourself, without guilt;
  • Learn simple tips and techniques to recharge your batteries.

No yoga experience necessary.

Denise is passionate about helping busy women find more energy and joy in their lives.  She enjoys pampering women who are really good at taking care of everyone else and are ready to make a commitment to themselves — to embark on a journey towards conscious aging! A certified kripalu yoga teacher and reiki practitioner, she helps people find relief from chronic pain and tension. Denise is a strong yet gentle and compassionate teacher who is enthusiastic about sharing the benefits of yoga.

Join Denise on Tuesday, June 17, from 9 to 10:45 in the dance studio at the senior center, 180 School Road. Registration required: 203-834-6240; Fee: $20.

Coming events

All activities take place at the senior center (203-834-6240) unless otherwise specified.

For the week of June 6:

Friday, June 6, 10, Jewelry Workshop with Viola Galetta; 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30-3, Free Swim at the Wilton Y.

Monday, June 9, 9:15, Enhance Fitness with Laura Mars; 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo; 11:45, Latin Moves! with Beatriz Araujo; 12, Movie.

Tuesday, June 10, 10, Sketching with Bob Gresl; 10, Oil and Acrylic Painting with Althea Ericsson; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

Wednesday, June 11, 9:30, Sewing Session at Ogden House; 10, Duplicate Bridge; 10, Tai Chi with Julienne Camhi; 12, Social Services and Senior Center Volunteer Lunch at Ogden House; 1, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, June 12, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Basic Drawing with Martha Talburt; 12, Lunch; 12:45, Bingo.